The West Monroe Senior Center is Louisiana's first nationally accredited senior center, providing safety and resources for almost everyone, most of them free or with reduced costs for residents. This program offers West Monroe families and children, particularly in the Riverbend area, the tools they need to succeed. The Center for the Elderly provides reliable transportation to destinations in Ouachita Parish with wheelchair accessible buses and vans. Every year, more than 5,000 older people receive services that help them age in a healthy way.
Patience Talley, director of Monroe City Community Centers and Programs, emphasizes that community centers serve as centers for the community. Not only can they apply for financial aid from the Salvation Army in Monroe, but they also offer counseling and fellowship programs. Tisdale said the center recruits college students and recent high school graduates for SEE West Monroe's AmeriCorps program. The Benoit Community Center offers free sewing classes on Wednesdays, exercise on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a monthly job fair, a movie of the month every fourth Friday, a program for the elderly on Thursdays, coffee and conversations for people over 55 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and basketball and soccer programs from the Monroe City Athletic League. Senior citizens in Monroe, LA have access to a variety of educational programs that can help them stay active and engaged in their community. From transportation services to free classes and activities, there are plenty of opportunities to learn something new or stay connected with others.